Paul Pogba puts Juventus on brink of Italian three-peat

While a good chunk of the sports world is now turning its attention to LeBron James‘ quest for a third straight NBA championship — which officially begins Sunday when his Miami Heat host the Toronto Raptors in their 2014 playoff opener — other parts of the planet will gladly put basketball on the backburner in favor of the soccer season reaching its spring crescendo.

In Italy’s top pro league, Juventus took another step toward its third straight Serie A championship with Saturday’s 1-0 win over Bologna. The lone goal was scored by Juventus’ 21-year-old star midfielder Paul Pogba, a Muslim from France.

Pogba found the net from long range in the match’s 64th minute, paving the way for his team’s 17th straight home victory — one they had to earn without top scorer Carlos Tevez on the field. Juventus is now eight point ahead of Roma in the Serie A standings with only four matches left on the schedule for each side.

“I want to make history by winning the title and the Europa League. We know it will difficult but it’s something that we all want,” Pogba told reporters after Saturday’s triumph.

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